"Iraqi officials have raised the toll from a combined car bomb and roadside bombing north of Baghdad to 35 people killed," The Associated Press reports from Baghdad. Around 50 other people are said to have been wounded, according to the wire service.
Retired Marine Mike Merola flew an American flag on a 20-foot pole in Houston. The Lakeland Village Community Association sued, saying the pole violated community design rules. The case inspired Texas to pass legislation protecting the flag.
A driver in Valencia, Spain. thought he would beat the system. Suspecting the presence of speed cameras, he slowed way down. A few months later, he was shocked to get a ticket in the mail for driving too slowly.
Chinese security officers stand against the Communist Party's emblem while singing a patriotic song during the celebration of the party's 90th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Friday, July 1, 2011.
Ty McCormick is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.